Starting from 1 January 2022, it will be mandatory for all users of e-scooters and power-assisted bicycles (e-bikes) to pass an online theory test before they will be allowed to ride on cycling paths and roads, respectively.
This was announced by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Monday (14 June) in a news release.
“This will improve awareness of active mobility rules, code of conduct and safe riding practices, in support of a safe and sustainable active mobility landscape,” said LTA.
In Singapore, e-scooters are only allowed on shared paths (also known as cycling paths), meanwhile e-bikes are only allowed on bicycle paths, shared paths or on roads.
The compulsory tests for both e-bike and e-scooter riders will be opened for registration on 30 June.
As for the test e-bike riders, it will comprise of 40 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 40 minutes, whereas the test for e-scooters will have 30 multiple-choice questions with 30 minutes to complete them.
In order for the test-takers to pass, they need to score a minimum of 80 percent, and subsequently they will be given a digital certificate with no expiry date.
From 1 January next year, they will need to show the certificate when asked by enforcement officers.
LTA noted that a transition period of six months until 31 December will be provided for riders to complete their online test before enforcement kicks in.
“We encourage riders to register and obtain the test certificates as soon as possible, once the test is made available on June 30, 2021,” added LTA.
For the cost of the test, it will be set at S$10 for each attempt. For those who register for the test from 30 June to 30 September, they will be entitled for a discounted fee of S$5, with one free re-attempt if they fail on the first try.
To take the test, riders must register for an account on the theory test portal using their SingPass at least a day before taking the test.
Those who want to take the test should also be at least 16 years old, which is the minimum age required for using such active mobility devices.
However, those under the age 16 can ride an e-scooter under adult supervision, and the supervising adult be required to pass the test, said LTA
The test can be accessed at Singapore Polytechnic’s Professional and Adult Continuing Education Academy’s website.
The tests and the e-handbooks for the tests’ preparation will be available in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
Over on social media, netizens called for the same rule of sitting for an online theory test to be applied for cyclists as well. Calling them “menace”, online users pointed out that cyclists should also be asked to get a license as some of them still use roads.
Penning their thoughts in the Facebook page of Channel News Asia, online users also questioned on the effectivity of the online theory test as riders can cheat or get someone else to sit for the exam on their behalf.
Some expressed that a theory test is not sufficient, adding that a stronger enforcement is the key to handle errant riders and road safety.